||English: New American Standard Bible
Job 8 [Commentary] |
||Then Bildad the Shuhite answered,
||"How long will you say these things,
And the words of your mouth be a mighty wind?
||"Does God pervert justice?
Or does the Almighty pervert what is right?
||"If your sons sinned against Him,
Then He delivered them into the power of their transgression.
||"If you would seek God
And implore the compassion of the Almighty,
||If you are pure and upright,
Surely now He would rouse Himself for you
And restore your righteous estate.
||"Though your beginning was insignificant,
Yet your end will increase greatly.
||"Please inquire of past generations,
And consider the things searched out by their fathers.
||"For we are only of yesterday and know nothing,
Because our days on earth are as a shadow.
||"Will they not teach you and tell you,
And bring forth words from their minds?
||"Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh?
Can the rushes grow without water?
||"While it is still green and not cut down,
Yet it withers before any other plant.
||"So are the paths of all who forget God;
And the hope of the godless will perish,
||Whose confidence is fragile,
And whose trust a spider's web.
||"He trusts in his house, but it does not stand;
He holds fast to it, but it does not endure.
||"He thrives before the sun,
And his shoots spread out over his garden.
||"His roots wrap around a rock pile,
He grasps a house of stones.
||"If he is removed from his place,
Then it will deny him, saying, `I never saw you.'
||"Behold, this is the joy of His way;
And out of the dust others will spring.
||"Lo, God will not reject a man of integrity,
Nor will He support the evildoers.
||"He will yet fill your mouth with laughter
And your lips with shouting.
||"Those who hate you will be clothed with shame,
And the tent of the wicked will be no longer."
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